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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Unions – still Labour’s embarrassing elderly relative

Ahead of Labour's conference Peter Watt, its former General Secretary, analyses the relationship between the trade unions and the party. His contradictory and muddled conclusions epitomise the dilemma of the Blairites - who see the union link as an outdated liability but who know that without financial support from millions of union members Labour could not sustain itself as a national political force: